From the Word Wizard Club...
April 18, 2011

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iron

Which Means:

A metallic element (substance found in nature) that is used for making tools and machinery.

As In:

Image An anvil is a iron block used as a base for hammering hot metal into a certain shape.

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Although the pronunciation of iron is 'ay-ern', it is spelled IRON.

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locate

Which Means:

To find or discover the place where something is.

As In:

Image It took Walter a long time to locate the file he was looking for.

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This word comes from the Latin loc─?re to put in a given position, place.

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surveyor

Which Means:

A person who takes a complete view and measures every part of a situation or thing.

As In:

Image The surveyor studied and took exact measurements of the landscape.

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The suffix -or is often added to nouns to change the meaning to a person who does that job.

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conductor

Which Means:

A person who guides, leads or directs, or who is in charge of other people or machines.

As In:

Image The train conductor called out, "All aboard!" to the passengers.

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The suffix -or is often added to nouns to change the meaning to a person who does that job.

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wide-open

Which Means:

Not closed at all, completely open, not preventing anything from going in or out.

As In:

Image The mouse stood there yawning with his wide-open mouth.

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The space between 'wide-open' is not wide open; there is a hyphen between the two words.

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crumble

Which Means:

To break into small pieces or crumbs.

As In:

Image The cliff started to crumble!

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Whatever crumbles, will do so into crumbs.

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lozenge

Which Means:

A small medicated tablet that dissolves in the mouth to stop a cough or soothe a sore throat.

As In:

Image The young boy's mother gave him a lozenge for his throat.

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There is a Z in 'lozenge'.

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fancy

Which Means:

To like or want.

As In:

Image What would you like to do today? Anything you fancy!

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The SEE sound here is spelled CY.

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although

Which Means:

Even though, despite the fact that.

As In:

Image Although Harold was nervous, he gave his speech and did just fine!

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Although the GH is silent when pronounced, it is definitely spelled.

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contract

Which Means:

A legal document that describes the details of an agreement between two people or groups.

As In:

Image The partners signed the contract and shook hands. That seals the deal!

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In 'contract', if the stress is on the second syllable (conTRACT), it means to tighten and draw together.

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polish

Which Means:

To make smooth and glossy by rubbing, with or without using a waxy substance.

As In:

Image Although Bethel's father is not in the military any longer, he never forgets to polish his shoes.

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The waxy substance we use in polishing is called 'polish'.

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stubbornness

Which Means:

Not giving up or changing your mind.

As In:

Image Little Heinrich's stubbornness drove his mother crazy.

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Will your stubbornness remember the two Bs, Ns, and Ss?

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